Artworks are first available for purchase in-person at the Recovered Futures Art Exhibition in Brisbane. Unsold artwork will be available for purchase online following the event.
Maria Watson-Trudgett is a proud Koori woman of the Wiradjuri people from the Central West of NSW. Maria is a storyteller and self-taught artist and has been painting and exhibiting for more than a decade.
Painting quietens Maria's mind and supports her to connect with her Culture, Country, and Ancestors. Painting strengthens Maria's Aboriginal identity and creates a sense of belonging to ‘people and place’.
Maria's painting style is a contemporary fusion of abstract and Aboriginal art, using groups of symbols as way of narrating a story and preserving cultural traditions. It is the way her people have passed on information for thousands of years.
Maria is passionate about sharing her art, with an intention of positively influencing people’s attitudes and awareness of Australia’s First Nations people and their rich diverse cultures.
Maria has created many commissioned artworks for private collectors and corporate organisations, both national and international.
"My paintings express my connections to my Aboriginal culture, in contemporary expressions of now!"
"My artwork tells a story about the importance of seeking help and speaking up about mental health concerns. The top left symbols signify people gathering and sharing their stories and concerns with trustworthy, caring people. The main message in this artwork is that you never need to be alone or go through difficult times on your own."